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Recipients of third annual UCL-Tohoku Strategic Partner Funds

18 February 2021

In the third annual joint funding call from UCL and Tohoku University, six collaborative projects were awarded funding

Sendai city, Tohoku and Hirose River

UCL and Tohoku University have awarded six projects up to £10,000 each through a joint call for proposals for the development of collaborative research and education initiatives.

The proposals were assessed by a committee composed of members from both institutions. This year, applications focused on areas of mutual priority including material science, disaster science and mitigating the impact of COVID-19.

One of the funding recipients, Professor Molebogeng Rangaka (Population Health Sciences), said: “We are super excited about our new collaboration and the possibilities it brings. This is an excellent opportunity to help increase our understanding of the long-term impact of COVID-19 through collaborative research.”

Last year, six projects were awarded funding in areas such as student mobility and neuroscience.

Congratulations to all the successful UCL-Tohoku Strategic Partner Funds 2020/21 recipients:

Lead UCL applicant



Dr Federico Bosi

Engineering Sciences

Development of ultralightweight, strong and superhydrophobic microarchitected carbon material

Dr Gemma Cremen

Engineering Sciences

Developing earthquake and tsunami early warning systems to enhance disaster resilience in urban societies

Professor Paul Ekins

The Bartlett

Implementing the Environmental Sustainability Gap (ESGAP) Framework for Japan

Dr Tatiana Fumasoli

Institute of Education

The role of research universities for global challenges: Leadership in the COVID-19 pandemic

Professor Molebogeng Rangaka

Population Health Sciences 

Development of a standardised protocol for a UK-Japan cohort study of long COVID

Professor Andrea Revesz

Institute of Education  

Exploring neurocognitive processes during second language speech in crisis situations

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